If Carlo Rambaldi can be regarded as Ray Harryhausen’s heir, the steps of Derek Meddings and Douglas Trumbull have been followed by John Dykstra, the man who made possible the “Star Wars” trilogy and the birth of ILM (Industrial Light and Magic), the special effects factory owned by George Lucas which has employed most of the best technicians (making them rather anonymous…).
Making “Star Wars”, John Dykstra used the matte-shot again (with Trumbull’s improvements) and made his own invention: the “Dykstraflex”, a particular camera which can move around the ships miniatures (always made by Brian Johnson), creating the illusion that ships themselves are moving.
This obviously saved a lot of money comparing with old “Dynamation” used by Trumbull (anyway, to move some creatures it was still absolutely necessary).

After “ILM”’s birth it has become difficult to say in which movie John Dykstra and his crew have worked: moreover, in “Batman and Robin” Dykstra is credited, but effects are quite disappointing, not as good as Derek Meddings’ in the first “Batman”.


1977: Star Wars
1978: Battlestar Galactica (TV)
1979: Star Trek The Motion Picture
1982: Firefox
1988: My stepmother is an alien
1995: Batman Forever

1997: Batman & Robin
1999: Stuart Little
2002: Spider-man
2004: Spider-man 2